Cacatua sp. ‘New Ireland’

New Ireland Cockatoo (Cacatua sp.)

This form is known only from subfossil remains that had been found on the island of New Ireland in the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea.

The New Ireland Cockatoo was more or less similar to to the Blue-eyed Cockatoo (Cacatua ophthalmica Sclater) (see photo) from the neighboring island of New Britain, but was somewhat stouter built. [1]



[1] David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press 2006


Blue-eyed Cockatoo (Cacatua ophthalmica)

Depiction from: ‘Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1862’

(public domain)


edited: 18.06.2019